Showing posts with label Quarterfinals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quarterfinals. Show all posts


Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!

Lessons from the Underdogs in World Cup Football' 2014: The rise of Costa Rica



Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!


Today Tomas Berdych defeated Roger Federer in 4 sets at  US Open. Although most people think that Berdych played well but fedfans will agree with me, Federer looked out of sorts today. 

These are main three reasons in my book why Federer lost the  match today:

Walkover by Mardy Fish: Just like last year when Djokovic got a walkover in French Open and ended up losing, Federer also ended up with the same fate. He was completely out of sorts and looked unsettled right from the start. He failed to maintain the lead in the first set and since then Berdych was all over him except the latter half of the third set. It was clear that 4 days break actually had taken away his timing and he was not the vintage Roger we were used to seeing. He did give us glimpses but was not consistent today.

Unforced Errors: He did 40 unforced errors as compared to 21 of Berdych. Not only this, today he came to net very less as compared to his previous matches. Just a mere 30 times as compared to 40+ times he came in his previous matches.

Andy Roddick Effect: I know this might be contentious but I think and strongly believe that Roddick's retirement might have an effect on him coming out rattled and not focused towards the match. If a close rival who started his career at a similar time like you, someone with whom you have shared memories and epic battles, someone who has been player of your generation finally retires, it does make you a bit somber and reflect back on those past days. I think Roddick's emotional exit did have an impact on his mind and it was clear the erratic way he was playing today.

Nevertheless I still believe that the champion he is, he will be back strongly. He has always said he is a very positive person and I am sure he will go back and reflect back upon this loss to inspire him back to win his 18th Grand Slam.

"There maybe tough moments maybe for, you know, an hour or a couple of days potentially, but life goes on and you get a second chance." - Roger Federer

The Mysterious Loss of Roger Federer at US Open.



Today Tomas Berdych defeated Roger Federer in 4 sets at  US Open. Although most people think that Berdych played well but fedfans will agree with me, Federer looked out of sorts today. 

These are main three reasons in my book why Federer lost the  match today:

Walkover by Mardy Fish: Just like last year when Djokovic got a walkover in French Open and ended up losing, Federer also ended up with the same fate. He was completely out of sorts and looked unsettled right from the start. He failed to maintain the lead in the first set and since then Berdych was all over him except the latter half of the third set. It was clear that 4 days break actually had taken away his timing and he was not the vintage Roger we were used to seeing. He did give us glimpses but was not consistent today.

Unforced Errors: He did 40 unforced errors as compared to 21 of Berdych. Not only this, today he came to net very less as compared to his previous matches. Just a mere 30 times as compared to 40+ times he came in his previous matches.

Andy Roddick Effect: I know this might be contentious but I think and strongly believe that Roddick's retirement might have an effect on him coming out rattled and not focused towards the match. If a close rival who started his career at a similar time like you, someone with whom you have shared memories and epic battles, someone who has been player of your generation finally retires, it does make you a bit somber and reflect back on those past days. I think Roddick's emotional exit did have an impact on his mind and it was clear the erratic way he was playing today.

Nevertheless I still believe that the champion he is, he will be back strongly. He has always said he is a very positive person and I am sure he will go back and reflect back upon this loss to inspire him back to win his 18th Grand Slam.

"There maybe tough moments maybe for, you know, an hour or a couple of days potentially, but life goes on and you get a second chance." - Roger Federer




2 Match Points down in US Open 2011:

4 Match Points down in FO :

Result : Same again and again!

Djokovic won against Tsonga and Federer to reach his first French Open Final where he will face his arch rival Nadal – just like 2011 FO SF!

Rather than going in detail about the matches, I will like to focus on a very important point: In both the matches, at match points, Djokovic was calm and fearless. It was as if he knew he was born to defy the odds. Infact it’s as if facing match points, he becomes more confident about himself.  I have till date never seen a more confident and relaxed player in pressure situations than Nole. Even Federer, Nadal- two of the greatest players in the history of tennis have been seen nervous and edgy under  pressure but not Djokovic.

When most of the players will try to play safe at crucial points, Djokovic loses all fear and goes for his shots with 100% confidence on his ability to make it through and forcing the other player to think what went wrong?  How many times, have we seen such a fearless display of tennis by any player facing match points? If it would have been just once, it can be termed as fluke but again and again Djokovic has proved that there is no better player than him to face crunch moments.

Even if we are fans of Federer, Nadal- we got to ask ourselves – who would we want to be playing for us in case our lives depended on it? Answer it honestly and atleast  I know my answer would be Nole.

What is it that makes Nole deliver again and again? I am no expert but in my analysis: let’s look at it this way - When it comes to the point where one decision can either make them  win or lose their  fight : 99 % of the times, people will try to opt for the safer option . And 99% of the times, people who opted for the safer option will regret their decision and wish what if they could have been more confident about their abilities?  1% of the times, people like Djokovic  have confidence in their abilities and think that we will as it is lose the match if we play safe based on our experience so why not play our shots and be positive. What is the worst that can happen? I will lose the match but that I have already experienced in the past playing safe so why not try differently?  In all probability, the opponent will  play safe so he will have more chances to win.

And the result is there for everyone to see. In real life too, playing safe is the most obvious option but if you want to achieve your dream, you need to take the next step: Believe in yourself and your ideas and play it out fearlessly and calmly. While others will be left wondering what just happened, you will march ahead writing your own destiny in an unimaginable way. 

As they say: Fortune favors the brave and I believe that’s what is exactly happening with Nole in present times!

Also: Rafael Nadal: Lessons from the King Of Clay!
Lost Hope?

If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy 

Novak Djokovic's Attitude : Fluke or Real?




2 Match Points down in US Open 2011:

4 Match Points down in FO :

Result : Same again and again!

Djokovic won against Tsonga and Federer to reach his first French Open Final where he will face his arch rival Nadal – just like 2011 FO SF!

Rather than going in detail about the matches, I will like to focus on a very important point: In both the matches, at match points, Djokovic was calm and fearless. It was as if he knew he was born to defy the odds. Infact it’s as if facing match points, he becomes more confident about himself.  I have till date never seen a more confident and relaxed player in pressure situations than Nole. Even Federer, Nadal- two of the greatest players in the history of tennis have been seen nervous and edgy under  pressure but not Djokovic.

When most of the players will try to play safe at crucial points, Djokovic loses all fear and goes for his shots with 100% confidence on his ability to make it through and forcing the other player to think what went wrong?  How many times, have we seen such a fearless display of tennis by any player facing match points? If it would have been just once, it can be termed as fluke but again and again Djokovic has proved that there is no better player than him to face crunch moments.

Even if we are fans of Federer, Nadal- we got to ask ourselves – who would we want to be playing for us in case our lives depended on it? Answer it honestly and atleast  I know my answer would be Nole.

What is it that makes Nole deliver again and again? I am no expert but in my analysis: let’s look at it this way - When it comes to the point where one decision can either make them  win or lose their  fight : 99 % of the times, people will try to opt for the safer option . And 99% of the times, people who opted for the safer option will regret their decision and wish what if they could have been more confident about their abilities?  1% of the times, people like Djokovic  have confidence in their abilities and think that we will as it is lose the match if we play safe based on our experience so why not play our shots and be positive. What is the worst that can happen? I will lose the match but that I have already experienced in the past playing safe so why not try differently?  In all probability, the opponent will  play safe so he will have more chances to win.

And the result is there for everyone to see. In real life too, playing safe is the most obvious option but if you want to achieve your dream, you need to take the next step: Believe in yourself and your ideas and play it out fearlessly and calmly. While others will be left wondering what just happened, you will march ahead writing your own destiny in an unimaginable way. 

As they say: Fortune favors the brave and I believe that’s what is exactly happening with Nole in present times!

Also: Rafael Nadal: Lessons from the King Of Clay!
Lost Hope?

If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy 


After it looked like Federer was on his way out of French Open QF, he managed to convincingly make a comeback from 2 sets down for the 7thtime in his career, defeating Juan Martin Del Potro : 3-6, 6-7, 6-2,6-0, 6-3.

Del Potro came out looking like he was ready to repeat his 2009 US Open performance until the first game of of the third set where Federer upped his game and was favored by lady luck as Delpo’s knees started to give him a bit of trouble.  In the first two sets,  Delpotro was bludgeoning the ball and hitting winners with no answers from Federer. At one moment, for the first time we saw Federer shouting at the crowd to shut up and keep the noise down during the points! It was almost as Federer needed to get mad at himself and the crowd to get his motivation back! And Boy did he? As the third set began Federer was able to find his rhythm back hitting short slices and drop shots to ensure his second Grand Slam SF appearance in 2012.



Here are the match stats:

Match Stats
Federer
Del Potro
Aces
11
6
First Serve %
58
59
First Serve Points Won %
69
74
Second Serve Points Won %
60
31
Winners
59
33
Unforced Errors
43
43
Break Points Won
8 out of 18
4 out of 10

Clearly Federer was the better player today and deserved to win. Today when most of the people had given up hope and were pessimistic of Federer’s chances to win a 5 set match at the age of 30, he proved everyone wrong once again to show us that age does not matter when it comes to the will power of a player.

As someone has rightly said: Age is a mental barrier in the minds of others but not mine as with age comes a deadly weapon: Experience! And Roger Federer is a good example – ain’t it?


Also : Novak Djokovic's Attitude : Fluke or Real? 

If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy 

Del Potro- Sliced and Dropped by Federer & Knee!



After it looked like Federer was on his way out of French Open QF, he managed to convincingly make a comeback from 2 sets down for the 7thtime in his career, defeating Juan Martin Del Potro : 3-6, 6-7, 6-2,6-0, 6-3.

Del Potro came out looking like he was ready to repeat his 2009 US Open performance until the first game of of the third set where Federer upped his game and was favored by lady luck as Delpo’s knees started to give him a bit of trouble.  In the first two sets,  Delpotro was bludgeoning the ball and hitting winners with no answers from Federer. At one moment, for the first time we saw Federer shouting at the crowd to shut up and keep the noise down during the points! It was almost as Federer needed to get mad at himself and the crowd to get his motivation back! And Boy did he? As the third set began Federer was able to find his rhythm back hitting short slices and drop shots to ensure his second Grand Slam SF appearance in 2012.



Here are the match stats:

Match Stats
Federer
Del Potro
Aces
11
6
First Serve %
58
59
First Serve Points Won %
69
74
Second Serve Points Won %
60
31
Winners
59
33
Unforced Errors
43
43
Break Points Won
8 out of 18
4 out of 10

Clearly Federer was the better player today and deserved to win. Today when most of the people had given up hope and were pessimistic of Federer’s chances to win a 5 set match at the age of 30, he proved everyone wrong once again to show us that age does not matter when it comes to the will power of a player.

As someone has rightly said: Age is a mental barrier in the minds of others but not mine as with age comes a deadly weapon: Experience! And Roger Federer is a good example – ain’t it?


Also : Novak Djokovic's Attitude : Fluke or Real? 

If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy